Communication technology has moved so fast, has created and then colonised new markets so quickly, that our culture struggles to catch up with the impact it has on our daily interactions. At Toynbee we think it is very important to educate our pupils in good netiquette practice and give advice on how to keep themselves safe online. We deliver specific lessons in ICT classes on this topic and use assemblies to give advice.
Pupil and Parent Advice for staying safe online
The Digizen website is about building safe spaces and communities, not just about recognising and dealing with online hazards. Itís also about understanding how to manage personal information, and about being internet savvy - using your online presence to grow and shape your world in a safe, creative way, and inspiring others to do the same. The website is split three main areas, social networking, digicentral and cyberbullying. It contains useful films and documentaries.
Childnet Internationalís mission is to work in partnership with others around the world to help make the Internet a great and safe place for children.
Childnet, with the support of ISC2©, have produced the Safe and Secure Online presentation for keystage 3 pupils. It has been designed to help pupils identify the positive things they can achieve when using the internet, gain an awareness of the potential dangers they face online, and facilitate discussion regarding strategies to implement safe and secure online practices in order to avoid these risks.
Any infringement of the school policy can mean a pupil’s access to ICT facilities will be restricted or withdrawn. The school will exclude pupils for serious abuse of the policy.
We have a generation of children who increasingly identify their self-image with their on-line presence; their avatars, their usernames, the groups they join, the content they generate. For someone to have that element of their identity attacked is to feel a form of being haunted. Cyberbullying can take many forms and it is important for parents to monitor their child’s use of social network sites in the home. At school, all social network sites are blocked so pupils cannot use them, but occasionally the problems of poor netiquette are brought into school. In this case we inform parents and encourage them to work with their child to block particular ‘friends’ then save and report any abusive messages to the police. There are specific sites to help parents and pupils with this.
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